New Year, New Mantra


It’s been a while since I last wrote anything longer than a long email. But as it’s a few days past my 24th birthday, I thought it would be incredibly important for me to take stock of how far the Lord has brought me. I have been meditating on Psalm 16 a whole lot. And that’s what I want to share today. With a lot of things that have happened in my life recently, Psalm 16 has become a daily prayer for me. For perseverance, for counsel, for God to show me the way of life. For Him to bring His plans for my life to fruition.

The one thing I’m most grateful to God for this new year is the gift of joy.

Many times, trials and tribulations came for me. Many times, evil was plotted for me. But true to the promise in Psalm 34:19, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all” the Lord brought me through. He has made me more devoted to Him, more in touch with myself, and more confident in His saving grace. And in addition, He gave me joy that’s flowed through my soul as a river and carried me through many a dreadful situation.

Psalm 16

1 Keep me safe, my God,

   for in you I take refuge.

2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

   apart from you I have no good thing.”

3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,

   “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”

4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.

   I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods

   or take up their names on my lips.

5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;

   you make my lot secure.

6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

   surely I have a delightful inheritance.

7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;

   even at night my heart instructs me.

8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.

   With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;

   my body also will rest secure,

10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,

   nor will you let your faithful one see decay.

11 You make known to me the path of life;

   you will fill me with joy in your presence,

   with eternal pleasures at your right hand.


My life mantra in this new year is “God is good, and my life is beautiful.”

What more can Alheri say? God is good and life is beyond beautiful!

Please say a prayer for me- for grace, for wisdom, and for strength, in what seems like a defining season in my life.

Jesus joy and love always,